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SV Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2008 0 comments
Who doesn't love a juicy rumor? Jen is seen with John, Brangelina are splitting, or together again, and who really cares what Paris or Pamela are up to?Of course, stock market rumors aren't nearly as salacious as celebrity news, but they...
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Things are tough, especially in consumer electronics. Circuit City is really taking it on the chin. As we previously reported, the rumor was that CC was going to close stores to try to stay afloat. Now, that rumor has become reality.It was...
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The earth is shaking over at Panasonic. First, as we reported earlier, Panasonic ditched the name of its founder, Matsushita, and will go by Panasonic from now on. And now we learn from Bloomberg Japan that Panasonic has agreed to buy a controlling...
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Last week we announced that Netflix was going to start streaming HD movies to devices including the Roku. As we mentioned, there are about 300 HD titles that will be available for streaming to that particular black box, in addition to the already...
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How bizarre. A band is telling its fans not to buy their latest video release.Wilco is telling its fans to avoid purchasing the Blu-ray release of the documentary about them, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. The 2002 film was released on DVD, and...
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Never fear. After the digital conversion in February, cable systems must carry the same over-the-air broadcast signals for all customers. This is a new ruling from the FCC, as a result from the U.S. Court of Appeals.According to the ruling sited...
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Never fear. After the digital conversion in February, cable systems must carry the same over-the-air broadcast signals for all ...
Kim Wilson Posted: Nov 03, 2008 1 comments

Designer-oriented homeowners have steadily been moving away from large behemoth loudspeakers, opting for hidden solutions. However, for those enthusiasts that still like to show off their electronics, even loudspeakers are getting more stylish. With loudspeakers like MartinLogan's Feature, you can put back the WOW in your AV presentation. The Feature is a fully powered, high-resolution, electrostatic loudspeaker designed for use either on or off-wall for center, front, or surround channel applications. Pictured here it is being used as a center speaker with MartinLogan's breathtaking Purity floor standing electrostatic speakers that make their own statement.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 03, 2008 0 comments
Price: $7,000 Highlights: Superb sound for both movies and music • 10 channels of powerful Class D amplification • Sets a steep learning curve but rewards with immense flexibility • Video processing has limitations, including no upconversion of HDMI sources

And the Kitchen Sink

Sometimes I get nostalgic for the early days of home theater. For example, I fondly remember the Proceed AVP processor I reviewed for Stereophile Guide to Home Theater in 1997. Conventional Dolby Digital and DTS were its most exotic operating modes, the remote had fewer than a dozen buttons, and it didn’t provide room equalization, extra surround modes, or onboard video processing. In fact, it didn’t have any video switching beyond S-video. We didn’t need no stinkin’ component, and no one had even heard of HDMI. Laserdisc was the most established source, DVD was brand new, and consumer high definition was still a mote in the FCC’s eye.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 03, 2008 0 comments
Price: $5,000 Highlights: Blacks to die for • Precise color and excellent resolution • 72-hertz operation on film-based sources for judder-free motion • Video processing could be better

Once More, With Feeling

My review schedule is starting to look a bit like the Pioneer Channel. But timing is everything. Pioneer is introducing a boatload of interesting new products, including the newest KURO flat panels. These include the upcoming Signature Series KURO monitor plasma models. Pioneer says these models will offer enough adjustments to inspire video calibrators to set up shop in buyers’ homes. “Will calibrate for room and board.”

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